The things I do today in an off-hand casual way are not necessarily new things – but they certainly are much easier to achieve. It wasn’t so long ago that I sweated … or froze, in my basement darkroom trying to cull forth the image in my mind’s eye – not always with full success. And now in moments I can fully realize my imaginings – yet they still require forethought and insight to make them in the first place.
Every now and again I remember a digital lab I saw years ago in the east end of Toronto that had several Sun digital imaging workstations that must have cost hundreds of thousands each at the time – doing the kinds of things I do on my laptop in seconds.
The path to success in some parallel dimensions has shortened but in the rest still requires the same fortitude. Some things stay constant – just how we achieve them changes, other things change completely. Interesting times.